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Construction Math

Learn the fundamental construction math skills needed to be effective in a construction job with professional builder, Jordan Smith.

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Learn From a Pro

As the owner of a successful residential construction business, Jordan Smith has years of experience applying math skills to the job site.

13 In-Depth Lessons

Each video lesson dives into mathematics fundamentals, from adding and subtracting fractions to trigonometry. Lessons average around 15 minutes each.

Practical Resources

A downloadable book with summaries and recommended exercises helps you get real-world practice.

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Lesson Plan

13 Video Lessons  (2h 57 m)

 

Construction teacher introduces class

Lesson 1: Class Overview

Welcome to class! Whether you zoned out in math class or just want to brush up on the basics, this class will give you the foundation to make any construction job more efficient and profitable.

Construction teacher teaching tape measure

Lesson 2: Measurement Review

Nearly all of construction math starts and ends with the tape measure. Learn how to read a tape measure like a pro.

Increments and fractions in construction

Lesson 3: Increments and Fractions Review

Jordan outlines the key increments used in measuring and identifies the most common fractions to memorize to make day-to-day math in construction easier.

Adding fractions and fractional measurements

Lesson 4: Adding Fractional Measurements

Being able to quickly add fractions is a crucial skill for success on the job site. Learn how to frame a window accurately as a real-world application of adding fractions.

Subtracting fractions and fractional measurements

Lesson 5: Subtracting Fractional Measurements

A confident foundation in fraction subtraction will help you deliver measurements on the job and do things like rip plywood more efficiently.

Dividing and multiplying fractions in construction

Lesson 6: Dividing and Multiplying Fractions

Dividing and multiplying fractions are two sides of the same coin. Jordan teaches you tricks for doubling, halving, and quartering measurements in your head.

Equal spacing shiplap

Lesson 7: Shiplap Spacing

Using division, learn how to evenly lay out a fractional number of pieces of shiplap across the wall of a room.

Equal spacing deck and stair railing

Lesson 8: Deck and Stair Railing Spacing

Learn to make sure the balusters on a cable deck railing and set of stairs will both be up to code and look great.

Equal spacing deck balusters

Lesson 9: Deck Baluster Spacing

Jordan teaches you an insider trick for making sure the spacing between deck balusters is even every single time.

Calculating areas of floor plans

Lesson 10: Calculating Areas of Floor Plans

Review the formulas for area for basic geometric shapes, and apply those formulas to the areas of floor plans and other drawings for construction.

Calculating volumes of interiors

Lesson 11: Calculating Volumes of Interiors

Jordan shares how to calculate volumes for common construction problems, from HVAC estimates to pouring concrete.

Angles and Triangles Foundation Layout

Lesson 12: Angles and Triangles: Foundation Layout

Learn to take the time-consuming guesswork out of foundation layout and how to square a foundation easily and accurately.

Construction Trig Staircase Handrail

Lesson 13: Basic Trig: Cutting a Staircase Handrail

A single trigonometric function can go a long way in making accurate angled cuts before even showing up on the job site. Learn how.


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